Friday, February 11, 2011

La Düsseldorf "Viva" (Strand, 1978)

If you know that Strand is German for beach, the label pretty much speaks for itself. That said, it's strange that the tiled boardwalk should take up most of the room between the dunes and the water, leaving hardly any beach at all. And what about all this blackness from whence I came? Is this really a beach? Why the garish advertisement? Wherever my journey may lead, the brash, corny Europeanness of the label design is so lovable and evocative, we're lucky to have it grace such an excellent record.

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